The Wicklow Way

The Wicklow Way
Publisher: Rucksack Readers
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Trailhead Review

The Wicklow Way by Rucksack Readers is one of an international series of long-distance walking trail books by the Scottish publishing company.

This 64-page spiral-bound book comes with a durable fold-out map. The whole publication is waterproof which makes it ideal for consulting whilst on the trail. With 80 high-quality colour photographs, the book serves as a nice souvenir to fondly look back over after completing the Wicklow Way.

A comprehensive description of the Wicklow Way is written from North to South. In addition to trail directions, there are helpful sections on planning the walk and a broad overview of Wicklow. This includes information of the local geology, history, wildlife and flora.

Cover Description

The Wicklow Way is Ireland's most accessible long-distance walk, running between Marlay Park, south Dublin, and Clonegal, 82 miles (132 km) to the south-west. The scenery is varied, with much of the route lying over 1600 feet (500 m). From the heather-clad Wicklow Mountains, the Way gives glorious views over mountains, loughs and the Irish coast. It also passes through forests and farmland, on a mixture of tracks, roads and winding lanes rich in wildlife and history.

The second edition of this guidebook contains all you need:

  • detailed directions updated in 2015
  • how to plan accommodation and transport
  • information on history, geology and wildlife
  • expanded section on Glendalough's Monastic City
  • 80 colour photographs
  • drop-down route map (scale 1:100,000)
  • rainproof paper

Book Contents


Planning to walk the Way

Altitude, pace and waymarking

Safety, weather and walking alone

Dublin to Clonegal, or vice versa?

The southernmost section

How long will it take?

Planning your travel

What is the best time of year?

Responsible walking



What to bring

Notes for novices

Packing checklist

Background information



Geology and scenery

Habitats and wildlife

The Way in detail

Marlay Park to Glencree River | 22km

Glencree River to Oldbridge | 18km

Oldbridge to Glendalough | 10km

Glendalough to Glenmalure | 16km

Glenmalure to Iron Bridge | 14km

Iron Bridge to Tinahely | 21km

Tinahely to Clonegal | 31km


Development of the Wicklow Way

Further reading and key websites

Accommodation and transport contacts

Glossary and pronunciation guide

Notes for novices



Jacquetta MegarryJacquetta Megarry

A lifelong author and late-onset walker, Jacquetta turned publisher in 2000 to create Rucksack Readers - a bespoke format for long-distance walkers. She has since written or co-authored books on seven walks in Scotland, two in Ireland and three worldwide.


Sandra BardwellSandra Bardwell

A lifelong walker, Sandra worked in Australia as archivist and historian and wrote extensively about bushwalking and national parks. Based in Scotland since 1989, she has written guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Sunflower Books and Rucksack Readers.

Book Details

Title: The Wicklow Way
Authors: Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry
Publisher: Rucksack Readers
Published: 2015
Edition: 2nd
Cover: Paperback
Language: English
Printed Pages: 64
Illustrations: 80 Full Colour Photos
Maps: 1 Overview Map of Ireland, featuring Wicklow. 1 Fold out Route Map at a scale of 1:100,000. 1 Detail Map of the Monastic City at Glendalough
Size: 22cm x 14.5cm
Postal Weight: 215g